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EOS Bodies / Re: 46.1mp Canon DSLR Previewed at PhotoPlus 2012? [CR1]
« on: October 01, 2012, 08:16:48 AM »
On one hand you are correct that the revenues do not correspond to this being a hobby activity, but once you look at any Canon website, the statement is readily confirmed (although using slightly different terms) as Canon does distinguish between their offerings for companies (multi-functional devices and such) and their offerings for private or home office usage.

Yes there is a niche called professional photography, but this is really just a niche. Most of the photographic equipment revenue appears to come from what they call consumer or home office usage, which may include people getting started in the business.

That is a distinct area from doing business with large corporate customers with hundreds or thousands of employees, so within Canon you will find a multitude of of employees taking care of corporate customers, but only a few will actually have something to do with photography.

You don't see this with Nikon. All their other businesses seem to have eroded over time, so that for them only photography appears to be left.

EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Canon 7D - should i wait or not?
« on: October 01, 2012, 07:23:44 AM »
In case you upgrade from a XXD or XXXD Canon you will absolutely love the 7D. You will find its limitations only, when you compare it to full-frame cameras like a 5D or 1D (or the upcoming 6D). If these are out of reach financially, then at least in my opinion there is still no better choice compared to the 7D.

Nevertheless you may also take a look at the 60D. I still prefer the 7D, though, because of the more robust construction and weather sealing.

Canon General / Re: Europe trip, 1-2 months
« on: October 01, 2012, 05:50:55 AM »
Some general regional language tips as far as I can tell:
English is usually spoken by many locals in Northern and Central Europe, less so in Italy and France or Russia. Especially in Russia you better speak Russian or get an interpreter.

For whatever reason Italians often speak French as a preferred second language, less often English. If you know some Spanish or Portuguese or French, you should be able to make do, if perhaps only in a special way: Speaking to others without any problems despite not understanding each other's languages. If anyone, then Italians are perfectly capable of that.

Disclaimer: Please be aware that personal findings may differ wildly from the statements provided here. This is just my personal view and I had to resort to some generalization, which is always problematic.

I admit this is just nitpicking, but I would like the following changes:
1. move protect/voice button in place of the info button,
2. move erase button in place of the protect/voice button and
3. move info button instead of the erase button

Apart from that I would also benefit from autofocus for f8.

Lenses / Re: Wide angle/standard zoom
« on: September 28, 2012, 04:39:37 PM »
With the new 24-70 Mark II zoom being out, you might consider purchasing your gear in such a way that adding this zoom later on will make sense. Variants with either 17-40mm zoom and 50 f1.2 prime (I've got this combination) or the 16-35 zoom and 50 f1.2 prime both make sense in this regard, because there is little overlap in how you would use the 50 (wide open) and how you might later use the 24-70 (for anything f2.8 and above).

If you go for either the old or new 24-70 zoom you might want to add the 14mm prime. As long as you have 14mm and 24mm focal lengths covered there is not so much need for a lens with a focal length in between, so you might do with this combination as well.

It really depends on where a zoom is more important for you, for wide angle or for standard focal lengths.

Lenses / Re: Minimum Aperture
« on: September 28, 2012, 09:30:57 AM »
I am not a lens developer, but as far as I can make out it appears to be a direct result of lens specifications. A lens optimized for large apertures will not necessarily offer very small ones. Your 50mm lens is a prime example of this. Then again some lenses offer extremely small apertures, but I doubt that those lenses have been designed for minimized apertures. It is just possible without much ado to deliver extremely small apertures with some lens designs (for example tele lenses) and it is more difficult for other lens designs with shorter focal lengths (for example standard range zooms like the 24-70mm). There are some articles on CanonRumours about lens design, which will shed more light on this topic compared to the tiny bits of information I can provide.

You do appear to ignore that there are people shooting other people in studios. A 5D body format won't do any good to people shooting a lot in portrait orientation.

Landscape photographers are not the only target group and I suspect landscape photographers are not even the primary target group. Do you see many people running around shooting landscapes with medium format cameras? I can't remember seeing a single one. For sure there may be some, who do, but not too many.

My reasoning is that the new model will come in a 1D body with a pricetag similar to, but possibly a bit lower compared to the 1D-X. Why?

Without Nikon's D800 in the market I would expect Canon to use a price tag higher than the 1D-X, because then they would compete only with medium format cameras or the older D3X, which would enable Canon to confidently ask for a very high price tag, without customers likely to complain about it.

Now given that people are purchasing D800s Canon is likely to use a lower market entry price to divert a significant amount of consumers, who might otherwise purchase D800s.

I do hope that this is not only wishful thinking on my side.

EOS Bodies / Re: Who said Canon cameras suck?!?
« on: September 26, 2012, 11:21:55 AM »
If the expected sensor improvements are similar to autofocus improvements between 5D Mark II and 5D Mark III all the whining may at least lead to something worthwhile.

EOS Bodies / Re: Canon 1DX (Jpeg)
« on: September 26, 2012, 10:30:20 AM »
I shoot in RAW+JPEG (for previews) most of the time using both 5D Mark III and 1D-X. I don't do and I won't do any side by side tests, but I get the impression that the out-of-camera JPEGs of the 1D-X are better compared with the 5D Mark III, which appears to me to have been designed primarily for RAW shooters.

Although I do post-processing on RAW files only, I have experimented with post-processing JPEGs as well and Adobe Lightroom does a pretty good job there, so you do have an option, even though RAW files are better suited to post-processing.

Canon General / Re: One for Canon Europe - Canon Ireland or Canon Retailer
« on: September 26, 2012, 09:47:44 AM »
Just look at some of the other countries and you may feel like a Celtic Tiger again.

There are much worse places compared to Ireland. I don't need to drop names here. Some countries are regularly in the news for a reason.

Another variant may be Canon coming up with a 35mm fsomething IS similar to the new 24mm and 28mm offerings. Canon does replace old lenses, which do not sell well. The problem with this may be when? I don't see this as a high priority issue for Canon.

Canon General / Re: One for Canon Europe - Canon Ireland or Canon Retailer
« on: September 26, 2012, 09:13:47 AM »
I am neither working for Canon nor for a retailer, but I know the situation (having done business with several Canon retailers in other countries).

Prices are set depending on the expected sales situation in a given region. If a region is perceived as being more well-to-do compared to others, then prices are higher, sometimes much higher.

I can only advise to import from other EU-countries. If many do the same, prices for Canon products in Ireland will drop, because locally retailers will sell less. As long as people appear to keep buying at higher prices, the prices will stay up.

Although it is quite understandable to be angry, because of the inconvenience, you might do some price comparisons on vacation to countries with extremely high prices. Then you will come to like Irish prices better (not in absolute terms, but at least in comparison).

EOS Bodies / Re: Next Big Megapixel Camera From Canon - Grip or No Grip?
« on: September 25, 2012, 03:13:07 PM »
You might want to add an option:
Will buy the camera even without built-in grip, but will purchase add-on grip for portrait orientation shooting.

Well, I have never lost any images on Sandisk cards. Losing images on either brand cards would be a game changer for me.

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